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June 16, 2004

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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Manslaughter charges filed in head-on car collision Manslaughter charges filed in head-on car collision (June 16, 2004)

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office filed felony vehicular manslaughter charges on May 25 against the sole survivor of a head-on collision that occurred in April on Highway 84 just east of La Honda, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The April 12 accident occurred when the Acura NSX sports car driven by Robert Rienecker, 46, of Pompano Beach, Florida, collided with a Volkswagen Beetle driven by 55-year-old La Honda resident Charles Cutten, who was killed, the CHP said.

Witnesses told CHP officers that Mr. Rienecker may have been trying to pass a slower-moving vehicle by crossing a solid double-yellow line when the collision occurred.

Both men were taken to Stanford hospital, where Mr. Cutten died of his injuries. Mr. Rienecker was treated and released, said Officer Christian Oliver.

Mr. Rienecker is out on bail and set to stand trial in San Mateo County on June 30, said a spokesman for the district attorney's office.

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